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11:25 PM ET, February 25, 2023

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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Warner Bros. Discovery Looks to Get Out of Regional Sports TV Business  —  Company tells teams whose games are carried by three of its regional networks that it wants to stop operating the channels  —  Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. WBD -1.14%decrease; red down pointing triangle is informing …
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John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Warner Bros. Discovery tells teams it is leaving RSN business  —  Warner Bros. Discovery has told teams that it plans to exit the regional sports network business entirely within the next several weeks.  —  The company, which operates three AT&T SportsNet-branded channels in Denver …
Sahadev Sharma / The Athletic:
Kyle Hendricks, with something to prove, takes another big step in his quest to return  —  MESA, Ariz. - The next time Cubs fans see Kyle Hendricks on the mound, they may notice a slight difference.  The veteran righty has had a consistent delivery throughout his career.
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Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
As Kyle Hendricks throws off the mound for the 1st time, a look at the battle for the Chicago Cubs' No. 5 starter  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 26  —  Brennen Davis prepares to hit during Cubs workouts at Sloan Park on Feb. 23, 2023, in Mesa, Ariz. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Padres' Manny Machado commits first pitch clock violation  —  San Diego Padres star Manny Machado committed the first pitch clock violation in a spring training game, getting docked a strike in the first inning because he was not set and facing the pitcher in the batter's box when the clock reached 8 seconds.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
'It's not going to be smooth:' Spring training games begin with new dramatic rule changes  —  PEORIA, Ariz. - It will be the most scrutinized and dissected spring training game in baseball history.  —  Major League Baseball officials, including the entire senior baseball operations staff led …
USA Today:
MLB rule changes: pitch clock, larger bases and more
Duane Rankin / Arizona Republic:
‘Insane’: Kevin Durant amazes Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton in Phoenix Suns scrimmage  —  Deandre Ayton was amazed by two things during Thursday's practice.  —  Being on the same team with superstar Kevin Durant in a scrimmage and watching his new teammate and Devin Booker put in work.
Mike Lupica / New York Daily News:
Yankees head into a new season with the same problem ... the Houston Astros  —  Here is something about which the people who run the Yankees, starting with Hal Steinbrenner and running right through his front office, have not convinced their fans since Game 4 of the American League Championship Series …
Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets turn in legendary poor performance in 44-point loss to Bulls  —  It could have been worse.  —  The Nets could have left Friday's 131-87 blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls owners of the fewest points scored in a game this season.  —  Instead, they left owners of the fewest points scored in a half all year.
Adam Lichtenstein / Sun-Sentinel:
Despite Milwaukee losing Giannis early, Heat suffer blowout loss to Bucks in Kevin Love's Miami debut  —  MILWAUKEE — Although two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo played just six minutes before leaving with a knee injury, the Heat started the crucial post-All-Star-break portion of the season with a dud.
Justin Toscano / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
After offseason shoulder surgery, Ozzie Albies expects to be ready for opening day  —  NORTH PORT, Fla. - In the middle of October, Ozzie Albies underwent right shoulder surgery - which he called “just a regular clean-up” - to address the pain he had experienced for a couple of years.
Dan Szymborski / FanGraphs Baseball:
ZiPS 2023 Top 100 Prospects  — Updating the 2023 Draft Prospect Rankings  — Cardinals Scouting Director Randy Flores on Drafting the Team's Top Prospects  — Updating the International Player Rankings  — The New LSU, Part 2: Paul Skenes Is on a New Heading
 
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